Every June the spotlight is on male wellbeing with Men’s Health Week celebrated in the run-up to Father’s Day. This year, the Men’s Health Forum has focused on the importance of a regular MOT.
The forum has provided a DIY guide on their website that covers everything you can investigate at home, from monitoring your heart’s efficiency, assessing whether you are carrying too much weight, and checking your blood pressure, as well as a guide to the warning signs you should watch out for.
Why you should see a private men’s health doctor
Many men avoid seeing their doctor, unless prompted by their significant other, often ignoring niggling health concerns. A recent survey found that 72% of men would rather do household chores than make a doctor’s appointment, citing a reluctance to discuss their diets and lifestyle because they didn’t want to be judged or, even more commonly, that they just didn’t want to receive bad news.
The benefits of seeing a private GP that specialises in men’s health are manifold. First and foremost, is the opportunity to have an unhurried consultation where your GP can demystify any men’s health concerns and provide you with a bespoke treatment plan. Another benefit is that a private GP can prescribe a wider choice of medications and are not restricted by NHS guidelines.
Man up: the importance of the male health check
An annual male health assessment can be one of the most important things a man can do to maintain his overall health because these screenings can spot indications of more serious health concerns at a stage when they are easier to treat.
At Wessex Private GP, your male health assessment may include tests for your cholesterol, liver, kidneys, glucose levels, full blood count-checking for anaemia, calcium, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and any other tumour markers. We will also screen your cardiovascular performance and may perform screening for prostate and colon cancer.
Further tests can then be ordered, or referrals made to specialists if required. To arrange your male check-up, book online with Wessex Private GP.